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So I was having issues with precision when playing arpeggios, missing notes or hitting wrong ones, and I decided to start practicing them eyes closed. Since that seems to help with the proprioperception and also has some other advantages (like opening your ears more) I have been doing all my technical exercises that way for the last few weeks (which is not as hard as it sounds BTW).

As I was practicing I thought about the latest thread about Hanon in other keys and what other unusual ways people practice technical exercises or technically difficult fragments. I already know some from various videos, some of which I use myself. Josh Wright made a whole series of scales practice videos where he uses a different way of playing them each time and some of them are somewhat unusal like "high fingers" or "shake your hands after each note". Graham Fitch has some unusual ways of practicing like his "mirror image in the other hand" thing. Paul Barton made a few videos for advanced technique like playing the 3-4-5 chromatic scale while holding a ping-pong ball.

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To improve voicing technique, Graham Fitch has an excellent series on ‘miming’/‘ghosting’.


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My first 22 minutes are a bit unusual —technique left over from 64 years as a guitarist. Learned it from Al DeMeola himself.
I do the blindfold thing like you but I use surgical gloves one size smaller than normal and a breathe strip on my nose.
Glad no one can see me…I just roll for 22 minutes nonstop on whatever exercise -usually pentatonics in circle of 5ths or several Hannons.
Analogous to a baseball player coming to bat. They warm up w two bats or weights on the bat.
I didn’t start piano until I was 72 sooo I tried my best to transfer skills. When you remove the gloves you will be stunned at how your fingers feel for rest of practice.
Guitar music theory of course jumped started my piano training and thankful but the physical part plays havoc w your chops. Guitar playing ruins chops for piano.
Even my piano teacher spent half a lesson explaining how guitar gripping affects hands but although semiretired I can still make good money on guitar. It is pale next to guitar.
On piano I’ll likely be ready for my first tour at 99. Lol

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My first 22 minutes are a bit unusual —technique left over from 64 years as a guitarist. Learned it from Al DeMeola himself.
I do the blindfold thing like you but I use surgical gloves one size smaller than normal and a breathe strip on my nose.
May I ask you what is the breathe strip for?

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Definitely agree with blind practice. I play without looking at the keys in lessons, when I'm really focusing on the sound. I have found it very useful to improvise or come up with improvised exercises for technique. I try to think of the sensation in my mind which will result in the physical technique which I want to produce.

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Yes —the breath strip
I have irregular breathing patterns that were evident after 2x by pass surgery like nearly 20 years ago. Dr noticed the irregularity. Realized as a jazz guitarist my breathing would vary when I play long lead lines—(sometimes no breathing)took some breathing techniques and w my deviated septum the breathing strip really helps as it’s like non stop aerobic activity when I play for those 22 minutes..

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I have used a Virgil Practice Clavier for fifty years, which about as unusual as possible, but it works for me. Without it I doubt I would be playing at all at my age.


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